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Fall 2021

In the Fall 2021 semester, these one hour CLE live seminars were held online. The cost of each seminar was $25 but free to University of South Carolina faculty, staff and students.  All proceeds from the seminars went to the Law School Carolina Fund.

If you cannot attend our LegalTech Series CLE Seminars live online, we will also have alternate delivery recordings of those online seminars for CLE credit.  We have a number of alternate delivery recordings available for viewing, which you can register for here . Each online alternate delivery recording is $25 and again all proceeds from the alternate delivery recordings go to the Law School Carolina Fund. There are also discounts available when purchasing more than one seminar recording.  


“Don’t Believe the Hype: Some Very High-Level Considerations to Consider Before Jumping On (Or Getting Run Over By) the AI Bandwagon”

September 15, 2021 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM Online
1 Hour Ethics CLE 

Once again, powerful computer technology tools and ideas (e.g. artificial intelligence “AI”, machine learning, deep learning, big data) dominate the headlines. And like previous tools (email, cloud computing, electronic discovery), these technologies are held up as be both the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. (Apologies to John Swartzwelder).

AI undoubtedly has great potential to enable analysis and insight in a host of areas. However, as with all computer technology tools, attorneys are required to understand the benefits and risks associated with AI, for their own practices, in order to advise their clients, and to take part in the larger policy discussion regarding technology applications.

This presentation will attempt to demystify AI, by unpacking and exploring what we mean by “data,” “knowledge,” “learning,” and “intelligence,” both for computer tools and human lawyers. By understanding what “intelligence” really means, lawyers and future lawyers can take an active role in helping to shape the appropriate and ethical use of AI and other “God-like technology.” (Apologies to E.O. Wilson).


Jack Pringle Esq., Partner, Adams and Reese, LLP in Columbia        

Speaker Description: Jack Pringle is a partner with Adams and Reese, LLP in Columbia.

Jack focuses his practice on privacy, information security, and information governance; administrative and regulatory law; public utilities; land use litigation; and class action litigation.  Jack helps businesses protect, manage, and communicate information lawfully and effectively, and has received the Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”).

With an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Jack helps businesses protect, manage, and communicate information lawfully and effectively. He guides clients through information incidents, data breaches, and related threats in connection with federal and state breach notice and personal information and privacy laws, including notification, mitigation, regulatory response and resulting lawsuits and investigations. Jack helps organizations strengthen their information security programs by evaluating potential cybersecurity insurance coverage, developing, and testing incident response plans, and helping clients create and implement appropriate security policies and training,

Jack has been a regular speaker and writer on technology in law, ethical issues in relation to technology in law, and wellness and well-being issues. He has spoken before/at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Vanderbilt University School of Law, Association of Corporate Counsel-South Carolina, Richland County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, the Georgia Bar Convention, the South Carolina Association of Counties, the Canadian Bar Association, the South Carolina Defense Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Association of County Attorneys, the South Carolina LPM-Tech Conference, the Greenville County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, The South Carolina Public Service Commission/SC Office of Regulatory Staff, the SC Council of School Attorneys, the SC Association of County Attorneys, and the SC Workers’ Compensation Education Association, among others.

Over the past couple of years, Jack has spoken and written frequently on emerging technology and its ethical and best use in legal practice and beyond.



Rick Oppedisano, President and CEO of Delta Bravo in Rock Hill                                        

Speaker Description: Rick Oppedisano is an experienced entrepreneur with experience growing companies from startup to $100M exits. Rick was named to M&A Advisor’s National Top 40 Under 40 in 2014. He was featured on national television network A&E’s American Entrepreneur series and in November 2018, was featured on the cover of Smart Manufacturing Magazine’s AI Innovation issue.

Prior to Delta Bravo, Rick led the Global R&D team for a publicly-traded company focused on Data Modernization. He was also an Executive Director at Azaleos, a fast-growth company that was acquired by Avanade in 2012. Rick has been a part of two other successful startups and serves on the board for PGE Capital.

Delta Bravo is an enterprise-level platform driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning that integrates data to determine IT-related, security or compliance issues, assist with cloud transformation and provide self-service AI capabilities. 

Rick is a frequent speaker on AI in manufacturing and how AI is changing the manufacturing game. For this CLE, he will provide reaction to Jack Pringle’s presentation and perspective from someone who is tapped into AI and data security on a daily basis.

“A Legal Perspective on Automated Driving and Other Emerging
Transportation Technologies”

October 6, 2021 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM Online 1 Hour CLE 

Professor Bryant Walker Smith, who has been involved in automated driving for over a decade, will offer a technical primer on vehicle automation, correct some of the misconceptions that continue to plague legal and policy discussions of this topic, present a broad view of the ethical challenges of increasing automation, and share his perspective on key legal issues related to automated vehicles and other emerging transport technologies. His talk will build from his scholarship, including the materials available at

Dr. Matthias Schmid of Clemson University and CU-ICAR will offer commentary and industry reaction to Professor Bryant Walker Smith’s presentation, lending a view inside real-world application and issues/effects here in South Carolina that arise from the implementation of these emerging technologies.

Faculty – Bryant Walker Smith, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law and (by courtesy) the School of Engineering at the University of South Carolina in Columbia;

Dr. Matthias Schmid, Clemson University Research Assistant Professor, Faculty Adviser in Autonomy – Deep Orange 12

Speaker Descriptions:

Bryant Walker Smith is an associate professor in the School of Law and (by courtesy) the School of Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He is also an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and co-director of the University of Michigan Project on Law and Mobility. He previously led the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and served on the US Department of Transportation's Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation.

Dr. Matthias J. Schmid is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Automotive Engineering at Clemson University located at the International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville, SC.  He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. He also received an undergraduate and graduate education from the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany) in business administration and electrical engineering.

Dr. Schmid is rooted in the automotive sector by having previously served in various roles at M. J. Schneider GmbH, Germany. His research interests lie in the modeling of stochastic dynamic systems, vehicle dynamics, estimation theory, sensor fusion, advanced control theory, and numerical methods with current funding from federal, state, and industry sources.

Dr. Schmid has received several awards in recognition of his work, including Best Paper Awards, the Professor Emeritus Howard Strauss Memorial Award from the University at Buffalo, as well as scholarships from the Ulderup Foundation and the German National Scholarship Foundation. He is an advisory board member of the German Academic International Network.

“The Modern Law Firm: Operations, Clients, & Recognizing Their Needs”

October 20, 2021 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM Online 1 Hour CLE 

The practice of law, like other industries and the rest of the world, is changing quickly, even more so in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This presentation will look at shifting the legal practice to a more client-focused business, implementing technology into firms that allows for ease of access by clients. 

Technology and cloud-based data storage is not only helpful, but this presentation will also address potential ethical violations that may arise with the failure of a firm to keep up with technology, resist going paperless, and fail to take seriously and employ third party help in the proper management of client data.


Douglas Kim, Esq., Partner & Founder, Kim & Lahey Law Firm in Greenville        

Speaker Description: Doug Kim is a partner and founder of Kim & Lahey Law Firm in Greenville.

Doug, a Physics major from Davidson College, began his professional career as a computer programmer and software engineer. His intellectual property career began in 1998 when he combined his business experience with his legal education and was involved with enforcing a client’s patent against multiple infringers. Since then, Doug has created a well-rounded IP practice that provides legal solutions and strategies tailored to each client from multinational corporations to start-ups.

Doug provides his client with strategies to protect inventions (patents), brands (trademarks), websites, software, apps, music, photos, and websites (copyright, licenses, and Internet law), and trade secret (the “secret sauce”). Through the creation of intellectual property rights and their enforcement, Doug seeks to develop legal strategies that fit clients’ business goals and increase the company’s worth. Doug also assists clients with drafting, negotiating and reviewing license, assignment, independent contractor and employment agreements as they pertain to intellectual property and ownership. Doug’s business background and legal education and experience make him well suited to understand the interaction between the legal services available to a client, a company’s available resources and the client’s business goals.

Doug has been recognized by Super Lawyers and as 2021 Legal Elite of the Upstate, among numerous other legal awards. Most recently, Doug has been recognized as Best Lawyers, Best Trademark Lawyer, Greenville, 2022.

Over the past couple of years, Doug has spoken and presented frequently on emerging technology and its ethical and best use in legal practice and beyond, along with intellectual property and patent issues.


Rob Moser, COO of DartPoints in Greenville                                                

Speaker Description: Rob Moser is the Chief Operating Officer DartPoints in Greenville

As the company’s COO, Rob directs DartPoints’ data center operations across all data center facilities. Rob joined DartPoints after over 20 years in technology-oriented organizations, most notably NCR and Solectron Corporation. At DartPoints, Rob ensures the highest level of customer satisfaction through the delivery of a highly dependable and scalable set of services.

For this CLE, Rob will provide reaction to Doug Kim’s presentation and perspective from someone who works day-to-day in data management.

“E-Discovery in Plain Language” 

November 3, 2021 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM Online 1 Hour SC Ethics CLE


For over a decade, the law has recognized the merger of the digital age with traditional discovery.  Nonetheless, the area of electronic discovery is still mystifying for some.  This presentation will serve as a primer, focusing on the fundamentals of electronic discovery by highlighting the key areas that every lawyer should consider while navigating a case through e-discovery.  This presentation will also address potential ethical violations that could arise from lack of understanding the relevant ethical rules and the current legal landscape.

Lt. Dove from the SLED Computer Crime Center will provide reaction to the presentation and provide valuable advice to attendees in keeping client information safe, as well as providing insight into the use of computer and cell phone forensics in legal cases.


Donna Tillis Esq., Senior Associate, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia

Speaker Description: Donna Tillis is a senior associate at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia.

Donna is a business litigator who practices in the areas of financial services, class action defense, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, and construction defect.  In the financial services space, Donna focuses her practice on addressing a variety of financial services issues, litigation and client projects addressing a variety of financial service issues, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Uniform Commercial Code, and the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code.  In her practice, Donna has developed substantive knowledge of issues related to electronic discovery as well as document collection, review, and production.  She also has a robust pro bono practice where she represents veterans with family law issues through the Lawyers 4 Vets program.  Donna is a 2014 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was the first black Editor in Chief of the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal and recipient of the Bronze Compleat Lawyer Award.  Donna was recently recognized in The State’s newspaper’s Top 20 Under 40 Class of 2021.


  • Speaking Engagements
    • Black Law Student’s Association’s Symposium – Impact of the Pandemic on the Practice of Law (2021)
    • Trial Advocacy – Practical Use of Exhibits During Trial (2021)
    • Diversity Pipeline Outreach Panel for North Carolina Central University and Claflin University (2020 and 2021)
    • University of South Carolina School of Law, Women in the Law Panel (2019)
  • Publications
    • Carmen H. Thomas, Graham R. Billings & Donna O. Tillis, Defining “Debt Collector” Under the FDCPA: The Eleventh and Fourth Circuits Reject the Acquired-in-Default Test, 72 BUS. LAW. 487 (2017).
    • Carmen H. Thomas, Graham R. Billings & Donna O. Tillis, Fourth Circuit Decision on the Definition of Debt Collector Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Offers Opportunities for Loan Servicers, Law 360 (2016).

Lieutenant D. Britt Dove, Supervisory Agent, SLED Computer Crime Center                                  

Speaker Description:

Lieutenant D. Britt Dove is currently the supervisory Agent for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) Computer Crime Center.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the FBI Carolina Command College.  Lt. Dove began working at SLED in 2008.  Prior to this, he was an Investigator with the West Columbia Police Department, handling cases involving child and elder abuse, sexual assaults, homicides, white collar, and property crimes. 

Lt. Dove is an active member of the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Taskforce, FBI Cyber Taskforce, the S.C Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC), South Carolina Fraud Watch Coalition Member, and the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies Cybercrime Working Group.  Lt. Dove has testified as an expert witness in computer and cell phone forensics.

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